A bright and beautiful smile is very important to make a good first impression. A bright and confident smile is the key to leave a lasting positive impression on people. Dental veneers will help you achieve that beautiful smile.
Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to enhance the appearance of a person’s teeth. Dental veneers are bonded to the front surface of the tooth using a dental filling.
Dental veneers offer the advantage of cosmetically improving your dental condition, while also conserving a great deal of the healthy, existing structure of your teeth. As a result, our dental professionals at Fisher & Orfaly Dental may recommend veneers as an alternative to dental crowns when moderate treatment is more appropriate to achieve desired results. Dental veneers are used in place of dental crowns when the tooth is mostly intact and only minor corrections are required.
Dental veneers are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth or a gap between the teeth. Hundreds of people use dental veneers to maintain a beautiful smile. There are even many celebrities with dental veneers.
Because of the growing popularity of dental veneers, there are many different types available today. They can be made of porcelain or resin composite material. Each type has its own benefits.
Some of the most common types of dental veneers are:
Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are the most common type of dental veneers. They are the least harmful and longest-lasting of dental veneers.
Composite Veneers: Composite veneers are made of a mixture of organic and inorganic materials known as composite resin. They are less expensive than porcelain veneers, however, they are not as durable and stain more easily.
Lumineers Veneers: Lumineer veneers are a brand of veneers made of porcelain laminate material. They require less preparation before placement but they are less natural-looking and have a shorter lifespan than traditional porcelain veneers.
Removable Veneers: Removable veneers, also called snap-on veneers, are a relatively new type of cosmetic teeth. There are two types of snap-on veneers: instant veneers and custom-made removable veneers. Though snap-on veneers are convenient, they are not recommended as a long-term solution as they do not look as natural as permanent veneers and are prone to plaque build-up.
Porcelain veneers are the most popular type of dental veneers. They are also the most commonly used dental veneers because of their many benefits. Porcelain has unique properties that make it ideal for use as veneers, like:
Durability: Porcelain is strong enough to endure normal dental function, even when thin pieces are used.
Appearance: A variety of genuine shades and shapes can be reproduced with porcelain veneers. This way, your porcelain veneers can be made to mimic the contouring and color of your natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers not only look natural, but they also feel natural so that you can eat and talk like normal.
Fixes cosmetic dental issues: We have noticed that several common defects to our patients’ smiles like gaps between teeth, missing teeth, stained or discolored teeth, etc can be corrected with porcelain veneers, ultimately improving the entire smile.
Easy to maintain: Porcelain veneer maintenance is minimal and very easy to do. You just need to take care of them the same way you take care of your natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using mouthwash at least once a day are necessary to maintain the natural shine of porcelain veneers.
As an added benefit to correcting defects with porcelain veneers, the custom fit to your front-facing dentition gives your restoration a pleasant and uniform appearance.
Veneers are suggested to the people with:
Crooked or misshapen teeth
Worn or chipped teeth
Extensively stained or discolored teeth
Inappropriately sized teeth (too large or small)
Undesired spaces between teeth
To accommodate for the additional thickness of a porcelain veneer, your teeth will be moderately prepared before placement. An impression, or mold, of your teeth, is also taken so that your porcelain veneers are fabricated to the specific dimensions of your smile. At this time, the dentist will work with you to decide on the right color for your porcelain veneers.
At the placement appointment, your teeth will first be cleansed with special, professional-grade liquids to ensure your porcelain veneer is optimally bonded. Dental bonding cement that is hardened and set by use of a specialized light is used.
After the procedure, you will receive care instructions, including recommendations for your daily brushing and flossing routine. Regular follow-up visits are also recommended to enhance the longevity of your porcelain veneers.
“How long will my veneers last?” is a concern that most patients have. The lifespan of your dental veneers depends on the type of veneers and how you take care of them.
Porcelain Veneers: The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is 10 years. But with proper care and maintenance, they can last up to 20 years without needing to be replaced!
Composite Veneers: Composite veneers last an average of 3 years. They stain more easily and are less durable than porcelain veneers. With proper maintenance, composite veneers can last anywhere from 5 to 7 years.
Lumineers Veneers: Since Lumineers veneers are relatively new, there is no concrete data on how long they can last. So far though it has been noticed that Lumineers teeth do not last as long as porcelain veneers and there is a higher chance of Lumineer veneers needing to be replaced as time goes by.
Removable Veneers: The lifespan of removable veneers depends on the type of removable veneers and the brand of the veneers. Though generally speaking, most removable veneers do not last longer than 5 years.
The total cost of dental veneers depends on the following factors:
Types of veneers: The type of dental veneers used plays an important role in the cost of dental veneers. The design process and the materials used to make dental veneers can significantly influence the overall veneers price. For example, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers.
Number of veneers required: Another major factor that influences the cost of veneers is the number of veneers required. For example, a full set of veneers will be more expensive when compared to the cost of only one or two veneers.
Porcelain veneers are the most expensive type of dental veneers. Because of the factors mentioned above, it is hard to estimate the price of porcelain veneers. But dental veneers are an investment and porcelain veneers are the best choice for a bright and beautiful smile. The benefits of porcelain veneers are well worth the slightly higher pricing.
Usually, getting porcelain veneers is a cosmetic procedure and thus, it is not covered under insurance. A procedure is considered cosmetic if:
The procedure exists solely for enhancing the aesthetics of the patient’s smile.
The underlying tooth or tissue is not injured, impaired, or decayed.
There is no medically necessary reason for altering the tooth or performing the procedure.
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Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.